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12 February, 2018

FG Sensitizes Staff On Dangers Of Corruption, Say It Is An Impediment To Sustainnable Development

The Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari since inception has place high premium on the fight against corruption and has enjoined Government Agencies, Private Sector, Non-governmental Organizations, Media and indeed all Nigerians to join forces to fight this age-long menace hindering sustainable developmental goals and projects in the nation. According to Mr. President, ‘’If you don’t kill corruption, corrupt will kill you’’.

The Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing through its Anti-Corruption Unit (ACTU) held a sensitization workshop at the Ministry’s Headquarters in Abuja to sensitize staff of the Ministry on the dangers of corruption within the system.

Declaring the workshop open, the Director Human Resource Management, Mrs Morayo Alimi, who represented the Permanent Secretary Works & Housing, Alhaji Mohammed Bukar, enjoined participants, including Directorate Cadre Officers and other officers to take advantage of the seminar and learn more about the negative effects of corruption in the public sector.

Alimi noted that ‘’we can never stop talking about anti-corruption judging by the posture of the present administration which has zero tolerance for corruption’’. According to her, ‘’we need to keep sensitizing people about it to help them internalize the concept and as such cause a shift to a service free of corruption’’.  She added that anti-corruption crusade runs across every cadre and the ministry is determined to discourage it at all levels.

Also speaking at the event, the representative of the Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Mr Justine Kuatsea, an Assistant Commissioner and Head, Anti-corruption Unit of the Commission, thanked the Permanent Secretary and the management of the Ministry for making the occasion a reality by facilitating the sensitization workshop. He noted that ICPC is not relenting in sensitizing the public sector in adopting a systemic approach in tackling corruption in the country.

Kuatsea further stated that in working with the Federal Ministry of Power, Works & Housing, ‘’we shall together roll back the blanket of corruption in the public service and indeed in Nigeria for sustainable development’’.

In his remarks, the Chairman of the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU) of the Ministry, Barr. Sunday Inyang, noted that the purpose of organising the workshop is to basically share experiences, impart knowledge, broaden and deepen participants’ understanding of ACTU’s activities and programmes.

According to him, ‘it is interesting to note that the theme of this sensitization seminar, which is ‘’Corruption as an Impediment to Sustainable Development’’ is not only apt, but also timely considering the fact that Corruption continues to be the bane of most African countries, Nigeria in particular’.

Barr. Inyang urged the executive arm of Government to push for the implementation of key anti-corruption protocols and good governance principles in public and private institutions. On the part of the National Assembly, Inyang, implored them to expeditiously pass into law the two Executive Bills before them that are considered critical in making the fight against corruption effective, these are the Special Criminal Courts Bill and Whistle Blowers and Witness Protection Bill, meant to protect whistle blowers and witnesses from injury, death, economic sabotage, job termination, among others.

Federal Ministry Of Power, Works And Housing Not Frustrating Ambode Or His Government * Lists several requests it has approved for LASG * Says Governor failed to acknowledge he spoke with Minister who explained on going processes to him * Reveals that LASG has refused to provide land for National Housing Programme The attention of the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing has been drawn to certain statements credited to the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode claiming  that the “Federal Ministry of Works“ has been frustrating the efforts of his administration to carry out a “total reconstruction of the International Airport Road from Oshodi.” The Governor also reportedly accused the “Federal Ministry of Works and Housing” and Security Services of denying the State Government access to the Presidential Lodge in Lagos six months after President Muhammadu Buhari approved it off for the State. This response is to ensure that members of the public are not misled by deliberate or inadvertent mis-statements. The allegations of lack of cooperation from the Ministry and frustration of Lagos State Government development initiatives are simply not true and the facts do not bear them out. In 2016, the Hon Minister for Power Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji  Fashola, SAN, approved the use of the Federal Ministry of works yard at Oworonsoki for Lagos State Government to create a lay-by to ease traffic. The Hon Minister also approved that Lagos State be granted the Rights to manage the Street Lighting on the 3rd Mainland Bridge to support the security initiatives of the State, a request which the previous Federal Government administration had denied Lagos State for years. During the same year the Hon Minister also supported the approval of the World Bank Loan of $200m to Lagos State, again a request the previous administration had denied Lagos State. As far as International Airport Road which is currently the ground for alleged “frustration” is concerned, the correct position is that the Lagos State Government presented a  request for FOUR roads that it would wish to take over. This is consistent with the position being canvassed by the Hon Minisiter for States who are interested to apply to take over Roads that are within their States. The Ministry has presented the Memorandum conveying the request of the Lagos State Government to the Federal Executive Council as was done with a similar request by the Kaduna State Government in 2016. Due to the fact that TWO of the roads also connect Ogun State, the Federal Executive Council could not reach an immediate decision on them because it requested the input of the other State Government affected. The Kaduna State Government requested the Federal Government to transfer two roads within Kaduna Metropolis to the State in November 2015. Due process was followed and the request of the State Government was approved in August 2016, a period of ten months. Federal Executive Councill Memorandum are debated and commented upon by all members and in cases of roads, surveys, maps and other material have to be provided to assist members understand the location and connectivity of the roads, (in this case Four roads), in order to assist how they vote on the Memorandum. As far as the Presidential Lodge is concerned, it is under the management of the Presidency and not the Ministry. After the approval by Mr President that the Presidential Lodge be handed over to the State Government, there was a directive to the Ministry to work out the modalities for handing over. The Ministry has prepared a vesting instrument to convey the transfer and all that is needed is a survey plan. The Presidential Lodge is a high security location and officials of the Ministry also require security clearance to enter in order to do any works. Access to the lodge is not under the control of the Ministry. The motive behind this public accusations must therefore be scrutinized coming barely a week after the Governor spoke with the Honorable Minister, Mr Babatunde Fashola SAN on the outstanding requests of the State for several minutes and the Minister took time to explain the situation of things to the Governor. (The first telephone conversation the Governor has had with the Minister since May 29, 2015). If there is any lack of co-operation it is on the part of the State Government that has refused to acknowledge not to talk of approving the Ministry's request for Land of the National Housing Programme in Lagos. The Ministry is not frustrated by this lack of response and remains optimistic that a response will come from Lagos State. The Ministry remains committed to serving the Government and Good People of Lagos and will treat all their requests on Merit and in accordance with necessary due process as will be done to other States. As far as the refund of N51Billion is concerned this is not a new item. Almost all if not all states have these claims and the Federal Ministry of Power Works and Housing has verified these claims. What is left is the process of raising the finance to pay the Debt owed to the States. Those who are familiar with the workings of Government will attest to the fact that it is an intricate sequence of processses, consultation and collaboration. Equating processes to a lack of co-operation is therefore akin to creating a storm in a tea cup.
15 March, 2017
Power Sector Liquidity Receives Fresh Boost As FG Sets To Pay All Verified MDAs’ Bills To Discos For Electricity Delivered * NDPHC announces progress on ongoing projects to connect communities that host NIPP * TCN reports resolution of way leave issues in Uzalla, Edo State, and on-going work in Ondo, Rivers State and other locations around the country * As Fashola chairs 13th Monthly Meeting with Power Sector Operators, Stakeholders in Ughelli, Delta State On the heels of the N701 billion guarantee for the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc, a fresh boost in liquidity in the nation’s Power Sector is in the offing as the Federal Government has indicated its readiness to commence payment of all verified bills owed Electricity Distribution Companies in the country for electricity supplied to its Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) based on the on-going audit of the bills submitted by the DisCos. A report presented at the 13th Monthly Meeting of Power Sector Operators chaired by the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN, in Ughelli, Delta State, on the on-going audit of debts owed the DisCos by MDAs, stated that all such verified bills would be recommended for payment as further demonstration of Government’s determination to lead by example with regards to payment for electricity delivered adding, that such payments would be on first-come-first-served basis. The report contained in a Communiqué after the Meeting further stated that the verification team working on the audit received claims currently estimated at N59.3 billion, subject to further review, noting that 86 per cent of the debts, amounting to N51billion, were owed by the top 100 customers, mainly composed of military and defence installations around the country. Also, the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) presented ongoing projects to connect communities that host National Integrated Power Projects (NIPP) just as it announced progress on projects in Ikot Nyong, Egbema, Ihovbor, Gbarain, Olorunsogo, and Omotosho saying the expected completion date for Magboro community would be April while the Olorunsogo connection would be completed in June this year. Other progress reports include the resolution of way leave issues in Uzalla in Edo State, and ongoing work in Ondo, Rivers State and other locations around the country as reported by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN); the improved compliance with submission of audit accounts as reported by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and the completion of maintenance works in Awka and Maiduguri to improve service delivery as reported by the Enugu and Yola DisCos. Acknowledging that the economic progress of the country largely depends on the success of the Power Sector, the Meeting commended the Federal Government for the recent approval by the Federal Executive Council of financing to assure payment to GenCos for electricity generated and supplied on the grid noting that it would enhance investor confidence in the industry. It noted with delight that the newly reconstituted NERC would more rigorously perform regulatory duties tasking the regulatory body to standardize reporting on financial performance, safety and customer service as a fair basis for ranking distribution companies and other industry operators. Receiving with delight the reports by the Enugu and the Yola DisCos on the completion of maintenance works in Awka and Maiduguri to improve service delivery to targeted customers, the Meeting commended them for the completion of the projects and, however, reemphasized the need to react to customer complaints more speedily. Acknowledging the Federal Government’s decision to support NBET with N701 billion over two years for NBET to pay generation companies for electricity produced under the Power Purchase Agreements, the Meeting, however, said the initiative did not discharge the obligation of the DisCos to pay their invoices to the Market Operator for services provided by Transmission Service Provider (TSP), ISO (Independent System Operator), and to NBET for the electricity generated, transmitted and delivered to customers. The Meeting, hosted by Transcorp Power Limited, and chaired by the Minister, focused on identifying, discussing, and finding practical solutions to critical issues facing the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry even as the operators were fully represented at the highest executive management levels. Those in attendance included a NERC Commissioner, Managing Directors and CEOs of GenCos, DisCos, TCN as well as various government agencies such as the NDPHC, NBET, Nigerian Electricity Liability Management Company (NELMCO) and Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) responsible for the regulation and development of the electricity industry. Prior to the commencement of the Meeting, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing and the Governor of Delta State commissioned a 115MW turbine installed by Transorp Ughelli Limited, bringing installed capacity to 620MW from the 160MW they inherited on privatization in 2013. Speaking at the occasion, Fashola, who described the decision of Transcorp to invest in the nation’s Power Sector as a demonstration of its confidence in the economy of the country, said the Buhari Administration reposed more confidence on local investors as they would not run away even if the ship hit stormy waters. Assuring that the administration would continue to create enabling environment for more local investors to come into the sector, the Minister appealed to youths of the Niger Delta to see the investment as belonging to one of their own saying any time they disrupted operations at the plant they would be hurting their own person. He declared, “The Governors of the Niger Delta have been and must continue to be the champions of peace. The youths of the Niger Delta must recognise that nobody can be more Niger Delta than Tony Elumelu. He chooses to invest here. So every time you take away gas from this plant you are hurting one of us, you are hurting one of your own and we are losing opportunities”. In his remarks, Transcorps Power Limited Chairman, Mr Tony Elumelu, stated that the plant currently generates only 300MW due to shortage of gas supply, and assured the preparedness of the company to invest facilities to increase gas supply to the power station if government created an enabling regulatory framework.
15 March, 2017
FG Waives Payment Of 10% Equity On Mortgages Below 5 Million Naira 1.         As a demonstration of its resolute commitment to the provision of affordable housing to Nigerians, especially the low income earners, the Federal Government has graciously approved that henceforth mortgages below N5m (five million naira) will not attract the initial payment of 10% equity from offtakers. 2.        This was made known by the Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Hon. Mustapha Baba Shehuri while commissioning a 125- unit Housing Estate being financed by the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) and  developed by a private developer, Messrs LCK Projects (Nigeria) Limited, in Enugu, Enugu State, recently. 3.        Hon. Baba Shehuri stated that in view of the challenge of housing deficit in Nigeria, which has been put at 16 – 17 million, the Ministry plans to build mass houses in every state of the Federation for public workers and other interested parties, over the next three years, using the instructmentality of Public-Private Partnerships. 4.        He added that National Housing Models have been designed and approved for each geo-political zone, which takes care of our cultural and climatic diversities in our choice of house type and standardization in the use of local building materials. This will translate to affordability of housing for Nigerians and will also create employment opportunities for our teaming youths that are currently roaming the streets. 5.        While commending the effort of the apex mortgage bank, the Minister noted that it has a pivotal role to play in the actualization of the aspirations of many Nigerians to own a home through mortgage, adding that the Muhammadu Buhari’s led administration will lend its full support to the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria  towards ensuring that it is adequately recapitalized and repositioned  to cater for the mortgage finance needs of Nigerian workers, who would be the major beneficiaries of houses built under the National Housing Programme. 6.        Earlier in his address at the Commissioning Ceremony, the Executive Governor of Enugu State, RT Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi assured the Minister of the readiness of the State to continue providing enabling environment for housing development to thrive. 7.        The Minister was also at Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, where he commissioned the 1st set of  72 units of  houses out of 240  being financed by FMBN and undertaking by the Ebonyi State Housing Development Corporation (ESHDC). He was also at Owerri, Imo State for the commissioning of a 100-unit FMBN-Minfa Housing Estate. 8.        The Ebonyi State Executive Governor, His Excellency Dave Umahi reiterated the willingness of the government to partner with the Bank in the provision of affordable housing for its workers, especially, and the citizenry, in general. He added that the completed buildings have already been allocated to Civil/Public servants through the Office of the State Head of Service on Owner-Occupier basic. 9.        His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, CFR, represented by the Deputy Governor, His Excellency, Prince Eze Madumere, MFR, urged the management of FMBN to replicate the gesture in the 27 Local Government Areas of the State, while informing the Minister that a Committee, to be chaired by his humble self is to be constituted immediately to drive the process. 10.      The Acting Managing Director of Federal Mortgage Bank Nigeria, Mr. Richard Esin, while calling on other Nigerians, in private employment or self employed, who are currently not contributing to the National Housing Fund (NHF), to key in. He further disclosed that the commissioned Housing Estates and others to be commissioned soon across the length and breadth of Nigeria were funded from the lean resources of the NHF, an SPV for driving the aspirations of Nigerians to transit from being tenants to home owners.
7 March, 2017
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31 January, 2018

FG Moves To End Housing Deficit: Initiates Family Homes Fund Housing Project To Deliver Affordables Housing Accross The Nation

The Federal Government in a bid to finding lasting solutions to the huge national housing deficit in the country, the Economic Management Team of the Federal Government hasset up a Family Homes Fund Task Force to facilitate the implementation and delivery of the Family Homes Housing Project across the nation.

Speaking during the in augural meeting of the Land and Infrastructure and Off –take Sub – Committees for the project, the Chairman and Minister of State II for Power, Works and Housing, Surv. Suleiman Hassan, mnis, stated that the project is a new widow intended to deliver more affordable houses to Nigerians. He noted that the essence is to consistently deliver about 100 housing units annually and create more jobs to the teaming unemployed Nigerians.

The Minister added that the Land and Infrastructure sub-committee is to engage with relevant state governments and stakeholders on prime locations of land in the various states of the Federation. Also, the Offtake Sub - Committee is to determine a model for the participation of staff housing cooperatives, adding that this will be able to take care of retired civil servants, officers and personnel of the security forces.

The Minister enjoined members of the sub-committees to bring their wealth of experience to bear in order to actualize this laudable initiative of the Federal Government geared towards the delivery of affordable mass housing.

In her response, representative of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation and Permanent Secretary, Service Welfare Office, Mrs Didi Walson-Jack stated that affordable and quality houses is a key issue that the government is pursuing, adding that members of the Offtake sub-committee will do the needful in meeting up with the task ahead.

Also speaking at the occasion, the Special Adviser to the President on Economic Matters, Dr. Adeyemi Dipeolu noted that one of the most important aims of the Family Home Project is to identify the financing requirements, draw up a sustainable financing of the models, structure of financing and buy-in of relevant Agencies including the Nigerian Mortgage Re-Financing Corporation for the continuity of the programme.

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14 February, 2018

Remarks By H.E, Babatunde Raji Fashola, San At Meeting With Manufacturers Association Of Nigeria (Man) On Tuesday 13th February 2018

I would like to thank you all for responding to our invitation to discuss the possibility of increasing not only access to power for business, but also improving the quantity and quality of power.

For too long, the story of our manufacturing and production sector has been characterized by lack of infrastructure, including power supply, and the best we seem to have done is to talk about the problem and imagine the possibilities if the problems were removed.

Our meeting is important because we gather not to talk about the problem, we gather to solve the problem. As I said at a different forum, we have a new problem; we have more power than we can distribute.

In that context, we cannot continue to talk of lack of power; instead, we must talk about how to connect to the available and unsold power, and what it will cost to do so.

I must, therefore, thank Dr. Frank Jacobs of M.A.N for the enthusiasm with which they have embraced the idea to have this meeting.

For the records, and as a matter of fact, Nigeria’s Power Generating Companies are now able to produce 7,000 MW and the transmission company is able to transport all of it and is expanding its capacity daily.

The distribution companies have also increased their load taking capacity to 5,0000MW.

However, this leaves a gap of 2,000MW of what you manufacturers will call unsold inventory.

This is in the face of more power plants that will come to operation in 2018 as promised by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, in his New Year Day address, such as Azura, 459 MW; Afam III, 240 MW, Kaduna, 215 MW, and a host of others.

This unsold and increasing inventory is what this meeting offers to manufacturers as your critical Raw Material to reduce the cost of production.

This is why we declared the Eligible Customer Policy and NERC made the rules that guide its implementation, such that bulk power consumers purchase power from GENCOs directly, while ensuring that the business of DISCOs is protected.

For clarity, let me state that under the EPSRA of 2005, the clear intention was that Generation Companies should be able to sell power to 3 (three) classes of persons:

A. The bulk trader (NBET)
B. The Distribution Companies
C. The eligible customer

What we have largely seen are sale to the Bulk Trader.

What we gather to do today is to open the window for sales to the Eligible Customer.

There can be no better time to explore this option than when there is the inventory of unsold power, with the clear promise of more to come.

The market must open to all willing buyers.

This access to power, for manufacturing and production, is the big bridge towards diversification of the Economy.

This is what Nigeria has wanted to do since the 1970s with initiatives such as Operation Feed the Nation and Green Revolution.

But, every time we have started, we have failed to complete the cycle, either due to lack of infrastructure like power to support industries or the elixir of cheap petro-dollars that dim our focus.

Now that Agriculture is back on the right track, Mining is raring to go into industrial production, road and rail infrastructure are being constructed, the Power infrastructure must lock into the mix.

In spite of the spike in oil prices, we must complete this foundation for our Economic and Industrial liberation, by remaining focused. This is what the Buhari Administration seeks to achieve with the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan.

This is the big boost for “Made in Nigeria.”

As you gather today with our technical team, I urge you to be open, frank and, most importantly, be flexible. The negotiations may be tough, but please never walk away from the table.

See only one reason why we must try this, and ignore all the naysayers, who only see why new things should never be done.

Every one of you here today stands at the cusp of history as you deliberate on the necessary actions to build the Bridge that Connects Nigeria’s Industrial Backbone to Electricity.

I await the outcome of this meeting expectantly, and I wish you fruitful deliberations.

Thank you very much.

Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN
Honourable Minister of Power, Works and Housing

Tuesday 13th February 2018

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3 February, 2018


Minister of Finance Mrs Kemi Adeosun Minister of Information Culture and National Orientation Alhaji Lai Muhammed Minister of Mines and Solid Minerals Development Dr Kayode Fayemi and Minister of Power Works and Housing Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola during the Federal Executive Council briefing held at the Presidential Villa on Wednesday 31st January 2018

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15 February, 2018


Hon Minister of Power Works Housing Mr Babatunde FasholaSANleftCommissioner Legal Licensing and Compliance Mr Dafe Akpeneyemiddle and President Manufacturers of Nigeria MAN Dr Frank Udemba Jacobsright during the 1st Stakeholders Workshop on Off Taking 2000MW Unutilized Power for Eligible Customers organized by the Ministry of Power Works and Housing at the Setraco Cedar Estate Gwarimpa II Abuja on Tuesday 13th February 2018

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